• New Civilian Trauma Centers in San Antonio Would Threaten Army Hospital, Officials Say

    New Civilian Trauma Centers in San Antonio Would Threaten Army Hospital, Officials Say0

    Officials at Brooke Army Medical Center are concerned about the prospect that one or more San Antonio-area hospitals will develop a new trauma center, a move likely to cut into patient loads at Brooke’s emergency room and hamper its medical training mission. Brooke, located on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, serves as a training hub for combat physicians. Its emergency room logs 80,000 visits a year — 80 percent of them civilians, reports the San Antonio Express-News. Last week, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Johnson, Brooke’s commanding general, told the San Antonio City Council that plans by two local hospitals to build trauma centers would threaten medical readiness and the quality of care at Brooke …

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  • Scott AFB, St. Louis University Operate Civilian-Military Residency Program

    Scott AFB, St. Louis University Operate Civilian-Military Residency Program0

    A residency program for family medicine that had been located at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., now is the only fully-integrated civilian-military residency in the Air Force that combines a community-based and a military residency. The program, now located at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Ill., is a collaboration between Scott’s 375th Medical Group and St. Louis University. Each class in the program, which lasts three years, has eight military residents and six civilians. The program allows residents to treat DOD beneficiaries at Scott’s family medicine clinic in Belleville, located next to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, as well as civilian patients at various locations …

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  • Robins AFB, Local Health Care Providers Look for Opportunities to Share Training0

    Officials at Robins Air Force Base and community health care providers are exploring partnerships to provide training physicians, nurses and other primary care practitioners need to obtain continuing medical education credits. “The training requirement to keep our practitioners clinically current and competent is no different than the requirements for our pilots. The 78th MDG [Medical Group] simply cannot afford to keep doing business as it always has, and this is one way that we see a beneficial solution for the base and community,” said Col. Shari Silverman, commander of the 78th Medical Group. The installation, located in Middle Georgia, and community health care providers are hoping to cut travel costs by offering required training locally …

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